Neutrogena Skin ID Review

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Acne is big business. People will pay anything to rid themselves of the ugly pustules, whiteheads, and blackheads formed by pores clogged with oil and dirt. Every major producer of skin-care products has an acne treatment and Neutrogena is no exception. Neutrogena Skin ID promises to create a personalized regimen for acne treatment after taking a 5-minute online quiz called the Skin ID Evaluation.

What is Neutrogena Skin ID?

Neutrogena Skin ID is the health & beauty giant’s attempt to enter the direct marketing acne treatment business. While all of the Skin ID products are said to exist under different names at retail stores, they exist online as Skin ID to reach out to customers who may have already tried the same Neutrogena products in their local stores.

Neutrogena creates a personalized product choice that the website says is twice as effective as Proactiv. Read our Proactiv review to find what a meaningless statement this is. Neutrogena also tells us the Skin ID products are the result of the convergence of leading dermatologists and scientists in a meeting that supposedly took place in May 2006.

Skin ID Evaluation

The Neutrogena Skin ID evaluation consists of 18-20 questions pertaining to skin type and lifestyle choices. The evaluation begins with the oiliness or dryness of your skin and continues on to choosing rough areas of the face. Skin tone also plays a part along with past types and brands of products used. Depending on the answers given, 3 products are chosen with number values. Our reviewers were always assigned a cleanser, an acne treatment cream, and cleaning pads, regardless of different answer combinations.

Skin ID Products

Skin ID products fall into 3 different categories: cleanser, acne treatment, and tertiary cleaner/treatment, all tagged with a numerical value that is never explained. Combinations of 3 different products in one of 25 possible regimens are chosen based on the evaluation. The Skin ID products are:

  • 07 Cream Cleanser/Mask
  • 12 Gel Cleanser
  • 14 Cream Cleanser
  • 25 Foam Cleanser
  • 32 Anti-acne Treatment
  • 38 Anti-oil Pads
  • 40 Toner
  • 53 Moisturizer
  • 72 Hydrator
  • 44 Scrub

Number 32, the Skin ID Anti-acne Treatment is part of most regimens and, in fact, is exactly the same as their regular acne treatment available in stores. The two main ingredients of the Neutrogena Skin ID products are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Benzoyl peroxide is known for fighting acne and is approved by the National Institute of Health. Benzoyl peroxide is available without a prescription in concentrations of 2.5 percent to 10 percent. A 5 percent benzoyl peroxide solution is ideal. 10 percent solutions are regarded as too strong and will aggravate the skin, possibly causing irritation and burning. Skin ID Anti-acne treatment is only 2.5 percent and, for most people, is not strong enough to have any noticeable effect.

The other active ingredient in Skin ID is salicylic acid. We do not recommend salicylic acid to treat acne as a number of side effects are linked to its use including hearing loss, pain, and memory loss.

Buy Skin ID

Neutrogena Skin ID products are exclusively available online or through their phone sales number. Skin ID is not sold in regular retail stores alongside the other Neutrogena products. However, similar products with comparable ingredients are available in the stores, they just have different names.

The introductory Skin ID offer sells for $39.90 which enrolls buyers in a club membership that automatically charges their credit card and ships new product every month. The membership program includes the 3-product regimen, a free tube of spot treatment, and a $10-value travel bag. Skin ID offers a 60-day money-back guarantee if the unused product is returned.

Does Skin ID Work?

Neutrogena’s Skin ID seems scientifically designed and it is just elaborate enough to fool many people for an initial purchase. In reality, the whole concept is a thinly-veiled ruse that very few customers are happy with. The Skin ID system does not work and customer testimonials will attest to this fact. For truly effective acne treatment product continue on with our acne treatment reviews.